|So what actually is Geo '2003? To be quite frank it is an experience that
will take approximately 28 students out to the southwest going across the country
in vans. We will be camping so any previous camping skill is a bonus (but it is
not required). The students will learn information not available to them inside
a concrete classroom but inside nature's classroom.|
The trip is instructed by Mr. Michael Conrad who teaches Earth and Space Science
at Cumberland Valley. He has taken students on Geo trips. In fact, one every other
year since 1985! Assisting Mr. Conrad in teaching the students will be lectures by tour
guides and outside readings.
The focus is geology and
key aspects of the Southwest U.S. The highlight of the trip include
Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon. Upon successful completion of the course, students wil be given a full credit in science. Students will take tests before, during and after the trip to prove they learned something. Furthermore, their grade will be calculated into their cumulative average.
Prior to actually leaving, we will visit local geological highlights such as Conodoguinet
Cave near Carlisle and Boiling Springs. There will be a week of classroom
study before we actually leave and several days upon return.
We will also explore the world of astro-geology at Meteor Crater
, dinosaur remains at fossil quarries and glaciers in the
Rocky Mountains. This a truly unique opportunity for students to explore the country they
are part of. Many students come back from this trip with a great sense of nationalism
and a feeling that they want to do more. This trip will expand there minds in ways
they never experienced before!